Here are the constraints for my main project:
- Time – The first constraint I need to keep in mind for this project is time. Both of the materials I am using have lengthy setting and drying times. Concrete takes 24-48 hours to dry and epoxy resin takes around 72 hours to completely cure. With the drying times taking an amount of days, I will need to take this into account when scheduling this build.
- Cost – My second constraint is cost. This will be refined with the types of concrete and resin that I choose. Concrete price differences will be miniscule among different manufacturers, but the epoxy resin prices can widely vary based on the type of resin that I choose. This constraint can be minimized by additional research of materials.
- Manufacturing – Manufacturing is definitely going to be a prevalent constraint throughout the design and building process. Since I am quite unfamiliar with the processes of curing epoxy resin and concrete, there will be a lot of additional time used for trial and error as well as Youtube tutorials.
- Weight – The finished product is to be compact and pretty dense if it is to hold together. I need to make sure that the size and density of the materials don’t make my finished product too heavy so I won’t be able to move it. Though my project deliverable is a sculpture or table, I still want to make it relatively lightweight.
- Aesthetic – My final constraint is aesthetic. When I give this as a constraint, I also mean how tidy the end result will be. Concrete and epoxy resin can get very messy, and modernist aesthetic contains very clean, defined lines. I will need to be extra careful when assembling this sculpture so that the concrete does not overlap the resin, and the lines which the different materials meet are very defined.